EWA Supports Woodbridge UHF T-Band Request (8/8/12)
Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) filed comments supporting the township of Woodbridge, N.J., in its request to the FCC to approve replacement of seven TV channel 20 frequencies already authorized for the township’s use with seven T channel 19 frequencies. The FCC asked for comment on the request in July.
The EWA comments said that the licensing requirement should not be subject to the T-band licensing freeze on virtually all licensing activities in the 470 – 512 MHz band.
In the comments, EWA said the Spectrum Act does not call for a reallocation of public-safety spectrum for another nine years. EWA said it doesn’t agree that allowing T-band licensees to exchange frequencies on a one-for-one basis would create an “unpredictable or unstable spectral environment,” as stated in the FCC’s clarification public notice.
EWA also opposed the FCC’s claim that its application freeze at T-band was consistent with previous application processing suspensions instituted. The FCC has, in this instance, imposed a freeze on all pending T-band applications, whenever filed, and has done so before it has taken any concrete steps to modify the rules governing this band, steps that may not even be implemented for an extended period, EWA said.
“There is no need to stabilize the existing spectrum landscape” years before any FCC action to reallocate the band and certainly no need to extend the freeze to the entirely neutral situation wherein one T-band frequency is exchanged for another without altering the licensee’s spectrum footprint, the comments said.
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